Velvet Underground: Dine in style with chef Aaron Dreilinger and Brick House launches throwback dance party series

Cinema Taperia

Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli is no stranger to the small screen, having won both Chopped and Chopped Champions, but when it comes to his cooking, it’s big screen only, especially at his new Wednesday night dinner and movie series. Cinema Taperia is Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. at Taperia Raca, 7010 Biscayne Blvd. Pan’s Labyrinth is up first and films such as Desperado, Blow and The Mask of Zorro will follow in the coming weeks. The restaurant’s courtyard will morph into a movie theater while Chef de Cuisine Michelle Saavedra serves up fancy movie theater snacks like savory and sweet popcorns, Spanish nachos, a salchipapa mix and more. The regular tapas menu is also available. Reservations are encouraged.

It’s all a BLURR

When was the last time you heard a Siouxsie and The Banshees song that didn’t involve your best friend’s basement circa high school? For those of you who need to Google the band name, it may be time to educate yourselves offline and out at Brick House’s new Thursday night party at 187 NW 28th St., Miami. BLURR, featuring punk, new wave and classic rock tunes from the 60s and up. In addition to the retro tunes, there’s the Sink or Swim drink special which basically allows party people to pay a flat rate–boys $15, girls $10– for their own personal cup that can be refilled 9 p.m. till midnight. There’s also beer pong on the patio, craft beer, non-craft beer with prices from $3 to $7, Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and all sorts of spirits starting at $6. DJ Joshy Josh and a weekly special guest DJ will helm the playlists and early birds will get the worm in the tequila or at least half off “pretty much everything” from 5 to 8 p.m.

Get Rec’d

Rec Room, 1690 Collins Ave., has a thing for pandas. We have no idea why. Sure, they’re cute, but when you check out their new Friday night “Pandamonium” party you will either be eating bamboo or, perhaps wondering, like us, why the bartenders are in panda outfits. This is until you realize that Miami native DJ Affect’s latest EP is called “Pandemonium,” spelled the correct way. He spins at 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, but the panda theme continues every Friday night and features the same stuffed pandas, black and white stuffed animals and cuddly stuff. More than pandemonium, it sounds like one of those furry fetish parties — but at least there’s no fluffy dress code.

What’s Sup?

Miami chef Aaron Dreilinger, a Michelle Bernstein disciple turned high-end caterer, has cooked for President Obama, but now he cooks for a much more intimidating crowd–Miami’s food fanatics in The Coral Gables Supper Club, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 at Aragon 101 decor slash cooking school, 101 Aragon Ave. The $155 per person reservation gets you a 10-course chef’s selection featuring out of the box dishes such as Peppadew Pop Rock Poppers, pastrami salmon crudo with pumpernickel tuile and sumac labneh, frozen black cherry orb with elderberry foam, roasted bone marrow with watermelon radish and Georgia apricot relish and more. Wine pairings, too. We spoke to Dreilinger who said, “no menu choices, no sauce on the side, no well-done, no medium-well, hell not even medium…. you get the picture.” If it takes off, the monthly event will turn full time pop-up or whatever the hot term is at that point.

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